The new Duke of Wroxford had never intended to incur the wrath of the Roman god Bacchus. But while visiting Naples with his cousin Hugh, a rumored tale of great treasure leads them to a grotto in which the god turns out to be very real indeed.

Not only must he suffer being turned to marble, he must also watch his cousin callously desert him as he plots to take over the duke's fame and fortune. But a reconsideration of the matter by Bacchus offers him a chance to return to England and regain his honor by courting his betrothed, a shy young woman he has never met. There's just one catch-he can only escape his marble incarceration by night.

Ms. Heath's engaging fantasy features a plethora of intriguing characters whose escapades provide love and laughter at its very best. (June, 224 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Melinda Helfer